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Post by goldhelmet on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:04 pm



Has there been discussion about adding a 10th team in addition to BYU? If not, would BYU be their own travel partner? It would seem to make sense to have an even number. Any candidates that seem like they would be a good fit?

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Re: SIAP - Regarding WCC Expansion

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:27 pm

As I Understand it, there are no plans to add a team. Of course, there was no plan to add a team until BYU fell in our laps.

If a great opportunity came up, the league would take it, no doubt, but the recent bids to join by Seattle, Denver,and Pacific were not acted on, for various reasons.

I think that the travel partner travel concept will be replaced by a double round robin.


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Post by goldhelmet on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:34 pm


I would have loved to have seen Seattle U. Thanks for the info.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:38 pm

Seattle will have trouble joining without Gonzaga's blessing. The rest of the conference won't support it if the NW teams don't and The Zags want the Seattle tv market.

The official reason given to exclude them was facitities, but I think it was really the TV thing.

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Post by MesaPilot1 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:06 am

Purplegeezer wrote:Seattle will have trouble joining without Gonzaga's blessing. The rest of the conference won't support it if the NW teams don't and The Zags want the Seattle tv market.

The official reason given to exclude them was facitities, but I think it was really the TV thing.


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Post by DTLegend on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:45 am

Commissioner Jamie Z has come out a few times and said that there are no plans to add a tenth team. He has said that he won't add a team just for the sake of adding a team and if in the future the WCC does add a team, that team will have to increase the conferences profile.

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Post by PilotNut on Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:12 am

While I think everyone agrees that Seattle U would be a good fit "institutionally" (small, private school) and geographically, they have a ways to go to prove that they are viable Div-I Athletics program. Obviously in the WCC, Men's Basketball is key, and SU needs to prove that they would be an overall lift to the conference--they would not be know. They would need to prove they are a tournament caliber team, etc... Adding a team for the sake of adding a team just ends up costing the other 7/8 teams money.

I also believe the lack of an on-campus hoops facility is also a sticking point.

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Re: SIAP - Regarding WCC Expansion

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:25 am

goldhelmet wrote:
I would have loved to have seen Seattle U. Thanks for the info.

I'm with you. It's too bad that $ and having Gonzaga's approval mean more than the institutional fit. I personally think that it's just a matter of time before it happens though. BYU can make the post-season argument for bringing money into the league, but, there's also money to be made during the season. Imagine having 8 WCC games at Key Arena per year. With their past history and guys like Elgin Baylor supportive, the fans will come back even with the name change (from the Chieftains to the Redhawks). That's good regular season $ right there.

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Post by jake on Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:35 pm

In addition to TV, you start dividing the NCAA tournament money by an extra share. Unless the league gets to an annual multi-bid league I don't see what adding a likely non-tournament quality team is the best idea.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:00 pm

jake wrote:In addition to TV, you start dividing the NCAA tournament money by an extra share. Unless the league gets to an annual multi-bid league I don't see what adding a likely non-tournament quality team is the best idea.

This is exactly what Zaninovich is talking about when considering expansion. There are some schools out there that seem like a good fit but unfortunately there is only one sport that brings in significant postseason money for the conference.

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Re: SIAP - Regarding WCC Expansion

Post by GoZags on Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:33 am

Purplegeezer wrote:Seattle will have trouble joining without Gonzaga's blessing. The rest of the conference won't support it if the NW teams don't and The Zags want the Seattle tv market.

The official reason given to exclude them was facitities, but I think it was really the TV thing.

Please show me where Gonzaga has "officially" said they don't want Seattle. Few has expressed his opinion about the negative impact on RPI -- but that's about it.

When there WAS an official vote a couple of years ago -- Gonzaga voted in favor of adding SU. Gonzaga has one vote -- same as UP, SCU, USD, USF, LMU, PU, SMC and BYU (if the vote were to occur next year).

If you can verify that this isn't the case (and I believe it is) -- then please have at it.

Also -- should be a good game Thursday.

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Post by Woodless! on Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:16 am

It's never been official but I believe it to be true.



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Post by shallwemaui10 on Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:59 am

If Seattle U wants to have the type of program where they bring in players (student?) like Charles Garcia, then I say pass.

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Post by Stonehouse on Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:01 am

Woodless! wrote:It's never been official but I believe it to be true.

It is, and it is official. And GoZags is misrepresenting things a bit... the last time WCC presidents voted on Seattle U's application to the WCC, they voted unanimously to turn it down. The conference brought in Jerry Palm to do an in-depth RPI analysis, had long discussions with ESPN to see how it would impact their TV deals, and ultimately came to the conclusion that adding Seattle would negatively impact RPI, make no measurable imapct with the TV deal, and would make each conference member's slice of the NCAA "money pie" smaller. Not really a hard decision, ultimately.

And beyond that, Gonzaga knows where its bread is buttered - they recruit Seattle very heavily, host a big annual game in Seattle that provides a healthy chunk of change, and have a lucrative FSN deal that relies on the Seattle market for ad revenue. It doesn't make sense for Gonzaga to welcome Seattle U with open arms. Perhaps the Jesuit connection is strong enough to overcome that, but when the issue comes up before Gonzaga's lay board and governing body (for the most part all successful business people), I think it would be a hard sell to convince them of what benefits adding Seattle U to the WCC would offer Gonzaga.

And if we look at it selfishly, it's really not the best thing for UP either. We recruit in Seattle, we have more alums living in Seattle than any city other than Portland, and we get a lot of students from there. If you think UP doesn't consider the Seattle market very important for its marketing efforts and regional branding, you are wrong. Furthermore, the pecking order in terms of basketball in the West is Pac-10, Mountain West, WCC, and then the WAC, Big West, and Big Sky. The WCC is pretty clearly a step up from all the rest of them and aren't really all that far behind the Pac-10 and MWC with BYU coming aboard. And when you include the WCC's awesome ESPN package, our conference is very desirable for kids to play in - multiple top 25-type teams, great cities to travel to, and terrific national exposure. Our conference affiliation is a very valuable commodity.

So why would UP want to give up some of its most fertile recruiting ground (the Seattle area) and have to compete with yet another WCC team that could offer them those same things?

It might be worth it down the road if Seattle U were to be able to turn itself into a true asset for the WCC, but until that point... it just doesn't really make sense, and you can't ignore the fact that it would probably negatively impact both Portland and Gonzaga.

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Post by GoZags on Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:22 am

Stonehouse wrote:
Woodless! wrote:It's never been official but I believe it to be true.

It is, and it is official. And GoZags is misrepresenting things a bit... the last time WCC presidents voted on Seattle U's application to the WCC, they voted unanimously to turn it down. The conference brought in Jerry Palm to do an in-depth RPI analysis, had long discussions with ESPN to see how it would impact their TV deals, and ultimately came to the conclusion that adding Seattle would negatively impact RPI, make no measurable imapct with the TV deal, and would make each conference member's slice of the NCAA "money pie" smaller. Not really a hard decision, ultimately.

And beyond that, Gonzaga knows where its bread is buttered - they recruit Seattle very heavily, host a big annual game in Seattle that provides a healthy chunk of change, and have a lucrative FSN deal that relies on the Seattle market for ad revenue. It doesn't make sense for Gonzaga to welcome Seattle U with open arms. Perhaps the Jesuit connection is strong enough to overcome that, but when the issue comes up before Gonzaga's lay board and governing body (for the most part all successful business people), I think it would be a hard sell to convince them of what benefits adding Seattle U to the WCC would offer Gonzaga.

And if we look at it selfishly, it's really not the best thing for UP either. We recruit in Seattle, we have more alums living in Seattle than any city other than Portland, and we get a lot of students from there. If you think UP doesn't consider the Seattle market very important for its marketing efforts and regional branding, you are wrong. Furthermore, the pecking order in terms of basketball in the West is Pac-10, Mountain West, WCC, and then the WAC, Big West, and Big Sky. The WCC is pretty clearly a step up from all the rest of them and aren't really all that far behind the Pac-10 and MWC with BYU coming aboard. And when you include the WCC's awesome ESPN package, our conference is very desirable for kids to play in - multiple top 25-type teams, great cities to travel to, and terrific national exposure. Our conference affiliation is a very valuable commodity.

So why would UP want to give up some of its most fertile recruiting ground (the Seattle area) and have to compete with yet another WCC team that could offer them those same things?

It might be worth it down the road if Seattle U were to be able to turn itself into a true asset for the WCC, but until that point... it just doesn't really make sense, and you can't ignore the fact that it would probably negatively impact both Portland and Gonzaga.

SH, You'll have to let me know where I've "misrepresented things a bit".

The vote on Gilleran's watch, Father Spitzer -- then GU President voted in favor of adding Seattle U. That vote was 7-1 (and had more to do with Jesuit hierarchy than as a rational business decision) . Perhaps I could have used the word "several" years ago -- as the time frame for the Gilleran vote was borderline "couple of years ago" and "several years ago".

Also, you'll have to kindly link to an "official" statement from Gonzaga about not wanting Seattle U. in the conference. I do not believe one exists (although I do know that the sentiment exists).

OTOH, I do not disagree with any of the points you have made in your post. You've recapped much of Gonzaga's position, and the rest of the WCC's position (resulting in the most recent 8-0 vote, as you've stated).

So, unless I'm mistaken -- and you're saying that the entire league is kowtowing to Gonzaga's feelings (vs the position of the other WCC members), then it's much more than just "Gonzaga's blessing" that's keeping Seattle U. out. And that's the premise of the post I reacted to. This league is much more than the premise of "whatever Gonzaga wants, Gonzaga gets". (1) You, of all people, should know this.

It's interesting to see much of the Seattle media talking about how Gonzaga is keeping Seattle U. from the WCC. It's the WCC that's keeping Seattle U. from the WCC.

(1) http://www.su-spectator.com/opinion/d-i-desires-could-be-blocked-by-wcc-1.1743750
Column from Seattle U. blaming Gonzaga (and Gonzaga alone) for the WCC denying Seattle U. admission.

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Post by Stonehouse on Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:49 am

My goodness... I swear you see shadows behind every corner, don't you?

GoZags wrote:SH, You'll have to let me know where I've "misrepresented things a bit".

OK, if I must, from your previous post: "Please show me where Gonzaga has "officially" said they don't want Seattle. Few has expressed his opinion about the negative impact on RPI -- but that's about it."

You admit the latest WCC expansion vote was 8-0 against. That vote has been publicly affirmed by the conference. So... yes, that counts as Gonzaga officially saying they don't want Seattle in the WCC. It also counts as Portland, USF, SCU, etc. etc. saying the same thing.

Is Gonzaga's president going to issue a press release sh!tting all over Seattle U and why it should never join the WCC? No. If that's what you mean by "officially" saying it, it's never going to happen. The unanimous vote says it all.

GoZags wrote:So, unless I'm mistaken -- and you're saying that the entire league is kowtowing to Gonzaga's feelings (vs the position of the other WCC members), then it's much more than just "Gonzaga's blessing" that's keeping Seattle U. out. And that's the premise of the post I reacted to. This league is much more than the premise of "whatever Gonzaga wants, Gonzaga gets". (1) You, of all people, should know this.

I never said any such thing. PurpleGeezer did, but not me. Again with the shadows...

Having said that, if you don't think Gonzaga's voice and vote carries more weight on basketball matters than, say, Pepperdine's, you're very wrong. The WCC restructured its entire conference tournament format for Gonzaga, making life much more difficult on the bottom-half finishers and adding an entire day of expenses. (And this happened before the cash cow of Las Vegas.)

GoZags wrote:It's interesting to see much of the Seattle media talking about how Gonzaga is keeping Seattle U. from the WCC. It's the WCC that's keeping Seattle U. from the WCC.

Yes, but Gonzaga is part of the WCC and is easily its most visible member in the Seattle market. As far as I know, Gonzaga has yet to face Seattle U since they returned to D1 (as opposed to Portland, who has played them every year). Gonzaga hasn't particularly played nice with their Jesuit brothers in Seattle since they transitioned to D1, so it can't be all that shocking that media in Seattle has questions what Gonzaga's role is in Seattle U not being accepted to the WCC.

If Gonzaga was one of eight votes against (and they were), you can't turn around and say that it's the WCC that's keeping them out. Gonzaga played a role in it - 1/8 of a role, sure, but a role nonetheless. And as the conference's highest-profile team, especially in Seattle, well... getting credit when things are good and getting blamed when things are "bad" is part of the territory.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown or something or other...

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Post by GoZags on Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:24 am

Glad to see we agree.

Of course Gonzaga (and the other 7 members) were against the addition. And I agree, on matters of hoops, GU carries more weight than some other WCC members. But I reject the premise (as do you) that Gonzaga, and solely Gonzaga -- is the reason Seattle U. isn't part of the WCC.

That's a business decision (you've pointed out the reasons/rationale in your first post on this thread -- the one that said I'd "misrepresented things a bit").

But again, on this it appears we agree.


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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:56 am

Here's one guy who thinks GU might be a stumbling block to WCC entry.

When Seattle U applied to be re-admitted into the WCC they were told the league was not interested in expanding at that time. Their were two stumbling blocks. One was the all important RPI ratings. A new basketball program is prone to having a low RPI which can hurt a conference at tournament time. Seattle U. put together an RPI in their first season back that would have ranked them fourth in the WCC. So RPI going forward shouldn't be much a of a problem.

The second stumbling block is Gonzaga. Keep in mind that these are two in state Jesuit Universities that have had a long history of working together on a very friendly basis. The emergence of basketball at Seattle U. threatens Gonzaga to a certain extent. The Redhawks will play all their games in Key Arena which is a big draw for recruits. The Key seats over 17,000 while the new McCarthy Center on the Gonzaga campus seats only 6000.

Seattle U sits right in the middle of a basketball recruiting hotbed that the Zags have dipped into liberaly to help build their championship program. The Zag's even play a game or two each year in Seattle against a national caliber opponent. The addition of Seattle U. means competition for the same type of players the Zags are going after in the area. It also means competition for fans and dollars coming out of the Puget Sound area.

We all know the history between UW head man Lorenzo Romar and Mark Few. The Gonzaga coach recently said he would rather marry Big Foot than play Washington every season on neutral court in Seattle. He went on to say if the Gonzaga/UW series were ever to be re-established the series would have to start in Spokane first since UW ended the series in the first place.

If there is a guy out there that Mark Few dislikes more than Lorenzo Romar it is new SU Coach Cameron Dollar. That just happens to be one of the things that made Dollar the perfect choice for the job at Seattle U.. Publically Dollar says that Gonzaga will be on future Seattle U. schedules. Few is mum on the subject. Chances are the two teams won't meet unless Seattle U. rejoins the WCC or unless Mark Few gets engaged to Big Foot.

http://www.uwdawgpound.com/2009/11/13/1155687/bob-condotta-will-be-covering

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Post by GoZags on Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:33 am

Purplegeezer wrote:Here's one guy who thinks GU might be a stumbling block to WCC entry.

The Gonzaga coach recently said he would rather marry Big Foot than play Washington every season on neutral court in Seattle. He went on to say if the Gonzaga/UW series were ever to be re-established the series would have to start in Spokane first since UW ended the series in the first place.

If there is a guy out there that Mark Few dislikes more than Lorenzo Romar it is new SU Coach Cameron Dollar. That just happens to be one of the things that made Dollar the perfect choice for the job at Seattle U.. Publically Dollar says that Gonzaga will be on future Seattle U. schedules. Few is mum on the subject. Chances are the two teams won't meet unless Seattle U. rejoins the WCC or unless Mark Few gets engaged to Big Foot.

http://www.uwdawgpound.com/2009/11/13/1155687/bob-condotta-will-be-covering

The back story to Few's comment vis a vis having Big Foot's baby is this: When UW came up with the 3 year KeyArena proposal -- it wasn't communicated to Gonzaga through normal channels. It (the proposal) was "announced" (i.e. leaked) on Seattle radio station KJR by noted Husky Honk Dave "Softy" Mahler.

When the press queried Few (and AD Roth) they had no idea that this UW/GU proposal existed -- they hadn't seen it, as it hadn't been received by Gonzaga. When asked about the three year proposal to play every game in Seattle -- Few replied that there was a better chance of him having Big Foot's baby. Perhaps not the greatest (or diplomatic) statement ever -- but again -- the question pretty much caught him by surprise.

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